Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2016

By: John Honovich, Published on Feb 08, 2016

The market has changed significantly since 2014, where our previous Favorite Camera Manufacturer report was led by traditional brands. Now, with the Chinese surge, will the favorite camera rankings be shaken?

150 integrators told us who their favorite camera manufacturers were and why.

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#1 - **** 

*** **** ****** ***** was ******* *** ****** support, ***** ********* ********:

  • "**** ******* ***** ******* just **** *** ****** fail ** *** *****"
  • "****. ** **** ** sell "*******" *** "********" solutions *** *** *********** delivered ** *** **** product **** ** ***** the ********** *****. **** have * ***** ******* / ***** ********* ** place ** ****** ** when *********."
  • "****. ******* ******* ** second ** ****."
  • "****....**** **** */** ** 1% ******* *** ** the ***."
  • "**** **** **** ******* ********* that ****** *** ****** out ** *** ***."
  • "**** *** *** **** Mfg ******** ******* ** there ** ** *****"
  • "****...***** ******* ******* *** no ******** *** ******* for *** *** ******** we ** *********."
  • "****, ******* *** ******* is *** *****. **** RMA *** *********"
  • "**** - ****** **********, high *******, ***** ********* support."
  • "****. ***** ** * begin... ******* *******, ********** quality, *********, ***********, ********, innovation."
  • "***** **** *** ****. Availability, *************, **** ***** and ************ *** ***** the **** ********* ** their ******* **********. **** are **** ** *** a **** ** *** always **** **** ** any ****** ** ****."

************ **** *** **** a ****** ******** **** integrators:

  • "****. ***** ******* *** they *** *** **** from ** ************ ***** of ****, *** ***** think ** ******** **** installing ** **** ****** "I **** ****'* **** that ********* ** * wish ****'* ******** ****"."
  • "****. **** ** ************. Well ******* *** ******* with *********** ******** *******."
  • "*** ** **** **** installed (*********)"
  • "***** ******* ***** *** relevant ******** ********"
  • "*** ******* *** *** ease ** ************ ** key ** ******* ***** costs ***** *******."
  • "**** ** *********'* ***** of ****, **** *** so **** *******, ****** and ****** ** *******"

******** ********** ***** *** rise ** ***** *** broader *** ***** *******, still **** *********** ****** out ****' ******* *************:

  • "**** **** ********* *** VMS ******** ************"
  • "********** ** *** **** systems"
  • "********** **** **** ***"
  • "**** *** **** ********* by **** *** *** NVR *******."
  • "****'** ***** ********* ** just ***** ********"
  • "****. *** *** *** it **** **** ****** systems, *** *** ************ or ***** *****."

*** **********, **** *********** cited ****' ***** *********, which *** ***** ** array ** ***** ********: 

  • "****. *** ***** ** their ****"
  • "**** **** ** **** a ****** *** ***** need"
  • "**** ***** * **** broad ********* *** * lot ** ***** ***** such ** ********, ***** and ********* *******"
  • "**** - **** ********* in *** ********"
  • "**** **** ***** ** products"
  • "** **** **** ******* the ************ ******* *** models"
  • "**** **** ** ******** for **** ***** *** situation."

*** **** **** **** supporters ****** ********* *** image *******. ***** *** no **** ********* ** Axis ***** *******, ** just ********* *** *** factor ** ** **** as **** ***********, *******, breadth *** *************.

******* - **** / Margins

*** *** ********** ******** for **** **, **************, cost / *******, **** even **** ** ***** supporters ****** ****:

  • "*** **** ****** ** not * ******* ******* we ** **** ****."
  • "****- ***** **** *** expensive *** **** ** get **** ******* ****, they *** ****** *** with *** ***********"
  • "**** ** ********* **** tiny *******"
  • "**** ****** **** **** service *** **** ********, unfortunately *** *** ******* price."
  • "**** ... ******* *** support. *******, **** *** very ******, ** **** sell ** ********* *** want ******** ******* **** price"
  • "** **** *** **** some ******* **********, ** might ***** **** **** considered ********, ***.... *** can *** ** **** camera **** *****."

#2 / #* ********

******** *** **** *****, though *** *** **** from ***** **** ******. Integrators ***** * *** of *******:

  • "********. ***** *******. ******* channel"
  • "********, **** ***** ******** VMS ** ** *** go *** ** ***"
  • "********. *** ** *** solution ********* ******** **********."
  • "******** *** *****/*******/***********"
  • "** **** *** **** some ******* **********, ** might ***** **** **** considered ********"
  • "********. **** ******* ** love ***** ***. *** and ** ** *** camera, ***** ****, ***, again, ******** **** *******. They ***** ****** ***** products."
  • "********. **** ******* *** the ***** ******** **** we **** **** ** very **********. *** ***** guy ** ****** ********* but *** ** ** real **** *** *****."

**** * *********** ** the ****** *** ******** reports ***** ******** ******* and **** **** ***** third ***** ***********:

  • "******** ******* **** *** worst **** ****** ** integrate **** *** ***** VMS. **** *****'* ****** well **** ******."
  • "******** ******* ***'* ****** do **** ** ***** *** ****** paired **** ***** *** VMS."

** ********, ********'* ******** is ** ***** ** selling *** ** *** sales, *** '******* *******'.

#2 / #* ****

**** *** ****, **** integrators *********** *******:

  • "****. **** ***** * solid ******* **** ******** image ******* **** ** better **** ********** ****** from ***** *************."
  • "**** - ** ***** every ****. ************ ** easy. ******* *******"
  • "****. **** ************ *** quality ***** ** *****, and **** ****** **** hurts ***** ********, **'* nice ** **** **** their ******** **** * can."
  • "****. *******. **'* *** the ******** *****, *** we *****'* *** *** DOA's *** **** **** been ********* *** ***** w/o *** ********."
  • "**** - **** ***** performance *** ***** *** lowest ******* **** ** the ********?"

*******, ** *** *** all **** **** ** a *** ****** *** Sony **** ********** **** they *** ******* **** of **** *** ** comparative *****:

  • "**** - **** ******* product, *** ** **** been ******* * *** of ********* ****** (******* rich *** *** *****)"
  • "**** *********: **** *****'* installed *** ** **** the ****** * ******: Sony (*****...)"

#4 / #* *****

***** *** ***** ******* from ***********:

  • "*****, ******* ** ***** camera's ******* *** ***********, and *** **** ** installation ** ***********."
  • "*****. ******, ********, **** frienldy. ***** *******, * year ******** ******** ********. Camera's **** ***** ** be *****."
  • "***** (******* *** *******)"
  • "*****, **** *******, **** picture *******"
  • "***** ******** ******* ******* of ***********, **** ***** price, *** ******** ***** of *******"

#4 / #* *********

*********, ********* *** ****, with **********'* *********** *******:

  • "********* *********** *** *******"
  • "********* - **** ******, lines *** *****, ********/*******"
  • "********* ** **** *** very ****** *** **** solid ***********."
  • "********* ******* * ***** *****, there ** * ***** enough ******* ** *** portfolio ** **** *** needs, *** ** *** very ****** ****** ******** in *** *****."
  • "********* - ************ *** best ******* *********. **** to **** *** **** lens *** *** ****** mp *******."
  • "********* - **** ** the ******* **** * pigtail ******** **** ***** configuring *** ****** **** - ***'* **** **** to **** **** *** of *** *** ** connect ** * ******, discover *** *******."

Split *******

*******'* ******* **** *****. On *** ******** / worse ****, *********** ********** about ******* ******* *** support ********.

** *** ******** ****, integrators ****** ******* ** a ******* ******* **** cost ******** (*.*., ****, Sony) *** *** ****, low ***** **** (*.*., Hikvision, *****):

  • "******* ** *** ****** in *** ******, ****** really **** *******, **** products *** * **** good *****"
  • "*******. ***** ********** *******, quality *** **** *********** make ** ** **** sell."
  • "*******, *******, ***********, ****"
  • "*** *** ****** **** we **** ********** **** Sony ** ******* ***** the ******* *** * lower ***** ***** *** the ***** ******* ** my ******* ** **** better."
  • "*******: ***** *****, ***** higher *** ****** **** (WiseNet ***) **** **** features ******** ******** *** a **** ********* ****** line (******* ****) **** fits ******** **** ****** are ************ **** ****** to *******"
  • "*******. * ***** ******* with ****** ********** ************ program."

Split *********

********* *** **** ***** selections **** *********. ** the***** ****, *********** ******* ** product ***********, ******* *** connectivity ******.

*******, ** *** ******** side, *** **** ****** theme *** ********* *** a ******** ******* ** a *** ****:

  • "******** - ******* **. quality *****"
  • "********* - *** ****, good ******* *******, ***** warranty"
  • "*********. **** *******, **** product."
  • "********* **** ** ** the *******. ***** ***** quality *** *********** *** the *****, ******* *** terrific *** ****'** ********** improving."
  • "********* - **** *****\******* balance"
  • "********* ** ********, *** cost"
  • "*********. ********* **** *** at ** ************ *** cost."
  • "** **** **** ******* a *** ** ********* lately (******* **** *** the *****)"

** **********, * *********** explained ** **** ****** about *** *** **** / ***** ******* ******* has ****** ***** ***** business:

  • "*** *** ******** ** our ****, ** **** as * ** ********** against **, ** **** been ***** *********. *** market ** *********** *** the ******* ***** ** with **** ****. ** we **** ******* **** Axis, ****, *********, ** Samsung *** ***** *** we ***** **** **** little ****. *** ***** cost ***** *** ******* us **** ****."
  • "********* *** ***** ***'* - ** **** *** cost *** *** ****** is ** ******* *** latest ******** ****** ** months ***** **** **** camera ** ***** **** for * ******** ** the ***** *** ** use **** * ******* point **** *** *********. The **** ***** *** is ***** ****** **** the **** **** ****** sold * ***** ***. So *** ** ** makes ** ***** ** sell *** ** *** line *******."
  • "*********. *** ** **** brand *** **** ********, affordable *** *** ******* a ***** *** ****** for **. ** **** maybe * ****** ****** a ***** ***** ** using **** *****. *** we ******* *-* ******* a ****. ** *** past ** ****** ******* for *** *** **** for ***-***. *** ** buy *** $*** *** sell *** $***-***. *** profit ******* **** **** cut *** *** ***** rate *** ********* **** 60 ** ** *** we *** **** ** keep *** ********* ******."

********* *** **** ** enormous ********** ** ************* ('overseas') ********* **** *** past *** *****. ***********, their ************* ***** *** up ************ (** *** US *****, ** ******** ~400% ****** ** *** past * *****). ***** integrator ******* *** ***** though: ******* *** *********** of *** **** ******* and ***** ***** *** marketing ******* *** ********** growth *** **** ***** integrators. *******, * *********** number ** ******* *********** means ********* ** ****** going ** ** ****** to ******** **** *** low **** ******** ** try ** ******* ***** overall ***********. ********* ************ ** *** ************* Chinese **************** ** ******** ** government *********, *** ** **** be *********** ** *** how **** ****** **** challenge.

Comments (13)

I have never used anything other than Bosch but the reviews the appreciation Axis and Avigilon is getting, I am seriously thinking to try them on one of the Projects. Let's see where the curiosity takes me from here

We tend to use Avigilon more than anything when doing an end to end solution, because our customers cannot just buy them from anywhere. Axis is what I use when doing additional cameras on a random server, because they play well with others. I haven't done Bosch, but I have no opinion about them either. Avigilon is always what we lead with. Their support is amazing.

I do projects in Middle east and I did a project for a Shaikh, he was most interested in mobile app. Project finished, all done, everything working smoothly and suddenly Bosch releases an update for the app and after that the app started crashing. I am sure like me many integrators contacted Bosch and the day i sent them error logs within two days they released an update and everything was fine again.

The problem with Bosch is Delivery Time.

I am going for avigilon on a very small project. Lets see :)

lastly almost all my projects are end to end so I prefer Bosch. There is this one problem in a project where the cameras are being recorded and on playback its only black screen, its killing the Bosch reputation with my most important client....

The heading is a bit wrong. It should have been brands and not manufacturers.

2, are you implying that these companies do not manufacturer their own products? Please be specific.

There are not many true manufacturers of IP cameras. Some so called manufacturers build up their product lines buying various camera designs and models from one or several manufacturers. Meaning that the larger brands may be made at the same factory, but on different product lines using different designs. There are in fact companies doing manufacturing of camera housings only, and then the more famous brands go there with their OEM partner picking their "own" design. But the inside may be the same.

One thing I have found quite interesting is that there are almost no information on this site about these major manufacturers doing >99% OEM production and less then 1% with their own brand.

I buy my cameras from three of these true manufacturers. A 4K vandal dome (IP67 and IK10), motorized lens from Computar, motorized pan&tilt for easier directioning, 4 streams where one can be 4K@30fps and another be 2MP@60fps and dB > 140 is less than USD 340. A vandal proof minidome 4MP@20fps, dual stream, P-Iris etc etc is less than USD 80.

Speed domes? A speed dome 4K@30fps, 3 streams, 30x optical is less than USD 1 000.

The first thing that probably comes to your mind is the picture quality. Well, I am quite picky after having been working as a photographer in the national broadcasting company, so all I can say is that the picture quality is second to none.

One good indicator can be how the company spend its money. The less you put into manufacturing the more you have to put into marketting.

"these major manufacturers doing >99% OEM production and less then 1% with their own brand."

That's simply factually false.

Consider who is on the list.

No one accuses me of being an Avigilon fan, but it's patently obvious that they manufacturer their own cameras in their own factories in North America.

Sony, Panasonic, real manufacturers of components as well as cameras.

Axis uses contract manufacturers, not OEMs.

I don't doubt or disagree that many 'manufacturers' are OEMs, e.g., Beware Phony Manufacturers, but the companies are this list are overwhelmingly 'real' manufacturers.

I don't see pelco in the list and I am pretty sure these all companies have there own facilities I am certain about avigilon, Bosch and Sony

Seems odd how the financials of the two "top" companies do not support your poll outcome. A thousand and one reasons. What percentage of your subscriber base responded? Of those that responded, how many are habitual commenters?

The two 'top' companies are 'top' based on their China sales, where they do ~75% of their business. Not surprisingly, this is a survey of the the English speaking world. Perhaps Dahua and Hikvision are the favorite cameras of China, which is a completely separate matter.

That said, Hikvision received lots of selections, second only to Axis in total votes. The problem was that Hikvision received so many worst selections.

Dahua has struggled to build a North American organization, so its not surprising they received few votes one way or another in this survey.

I found it interesting that the Video Insight strategy did not appear to be acknowledged at the integrator level.

Really rate Sony, yes we have tried the H word but we keep coming back to them. The thing is if we support it, it has to be Sony, if the customer just wants price and no support then Hik will do but even now we are moving away because we have so many issues with water ingress etc

We used to fit a lot of Axis however the partner programme demands everything but delivers little and we find although the product works out the box we see a lot of issues across the board in later years. With Sony we just don't see this. Sony has a limited product range for example no IR internal mini dome which is a win for tenders etc and lack of input output units which Axis do have.

All depends on projects etc

What is the opinion of the American Dynamics cameras?

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